Monday, December 14, 2020

Get on with your life

Free speech is under attack, says Dave Rubin, but the best thing we can do to combat it, is get on with our lives. 

He said he was so addicted to social media - and so anxious about what was happening in the world around him - that he caught a case of FOMO (fear of missing out). He attacked the disease head on and gave it up cold turkey. He locked his cellphone in a safe.  

I just finished listening to Dave Rubin's "Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for yourself in an Age of Unreason." In the last few minutes of the book, he gives some sage advice. This is a summary with some of my own words added. 
  • No TV in the bedroom. 
  • Keep the phone in another room when you go to bed.
  • At a certain time every day cut off social media.
  • When you go out to dinner, stack all the cell phones in the middle of the table. The first one who picks up their cell phone pays the bill. (At my son's home at the dinner table anyone who looks at their phone has to do dishes.)
  • Take a one-week break from News and the social media two times a year.
  • Vacation the month of August with no news.
  • Unfollow people who are offensive.
  • Ration online use.
  • Renew friendships from pre-Internet times.
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors.
  • Appreciate your family.
  • Host a holiday in your home.
  • Get a sense of humor. 
  • Be diplomatic. Don't voice your opinion on everything.
By getting rid social media, Dave Ruben says he became more present in his life.

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